Djaan Das is Dead
Twelve years later and plagued still by the obligation of duty to the CASS and his guilt over the death of his friend, Subodha Nikku watches helplessly as the tide of the war has turned permanently against the Confederacy.
Now CASSCOM has received a message of peace from their enemy pleading for an end to this costly war. And so they have sent Djaan Nikku speeding his way to the border to meet with the mysterious Foundlings for the first time in this century-long conflict, on the slim hope that the fighting can finally end.
What Bodie finds at Beta Eridani will change the fates of two men. Bodie must once against choose between the letter of duty to his people and its spirit for the survival of both their civilizations will hang in the balance.